Dr. Amelia Ross-Hammond

Former Councilwoman from Virginia Beach and Founder and Chairman for the African American Cultural Center

“Missy brings demonstrated and proven leadership attributes from serving as a Navy Officer to running a successful small business. She is well versed and articulate when sharing her platform about the importance of school safety, funding education and protecting our environment. Missy is also a strong advocate for healthcare and veterans issues.”

Senator Tim Kaine

“I’m proud to support Missy Cotter Smasal’s candidacy for Virginia’s 8th Senate District. As a Naval veteran, small business owner, PTA member, Girl Scout leader, and mom of two, Missy truly understands what it means to serve her community. She’s committed to working towards a clean environment, a strong economy, and a safe and welcoming Commonwealth. The 8th Senate District is home to one of our most competitive seats, and I know that Missy is ready to lead us to victory in November and help flip the General Assembly for Democrats.”

Senator Mark Warner

“Missy Cotter Smasal is a Navy veteran, small business owner, and advocate in her community and I am proud to endorse her to be the next Senator in the 8th district in Virginia Beach. Missy’s experience proves she will be an advocate for growing our economy, funding our education system, and preserving our environment for future generations. This is one of the most competitive seats in Virginia to flip the Senate and I am ready to support Missy in the fight this November.”

Carpenters Union

“The Carpenters Union is proud to endorse Missy Cotter Smasal for the Virginia Senate. Raised in a Union Household, Missy has never forgotten her roots in the community of Organized Labor.”Missy will be a strong voice for the working families of Virginia Beach, fighting to eradicate construction industry tax fraud, promote climate change mitigation infrastructure, and to protect and elevate area wages and standards.”

— Ian Heinz, Political Director for the Carpenters Union

Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02)

“I am proud to endorse Missy Cotter Smasal’s run for Virginia’s 8th Senate district. Missy’s leadership as a Naval officer and experience as a small business owner give her a unique understanding of the district and equips her to be a qualified advocate for the families of Virginia Beach. I trust her to be a powerful voice in the General Assembly to address sea-level rise and recurrent flooding as well as to protect the Chesapeake Bay.

Giffords PAC

“We’re only 154 days into 2019 and we’ve suffered through 156 mass shootings. Just a few days ago, Virginia Beach became the latest community where the peace of the workday was shattered by gunfire. We must remind ourselves so much daily heartbreak and horror should never be normal. In Richmond, there are politicians who repeatedly take the gun lobby’s money and vote against our safety. But we have the power to change this status quo. Today, we are backing a new generation of Virginia leaders. Champions who will fight for us at the state capitol and work relentlessly to pass life-saving legislation. We are proud to support their campaigns and stand with these candidates who have the courage to finally address the gun violence crisis and protect us.” -former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

EMILY’s List

“Missy Cotter Smasal is a Navy veteran, entrepreneur, and fierce advocate for making Virginia Beach’s schools safer. She has served her country and is ready to continue serving her community in the state Senate. EMILY’s List is proud to endorse her campaign. “

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

“We are proud to stand with Missy Cotter Smasal and include her in our growing list of amazing candidates stepping up to run and make a difference in their communities. Last year, the DLCC and state Democrats flipped more than 400 state legislative seats from red to blue, elected strong candidates from all across the country, and put eight more legislative chambers under Democratic leadership. The DLCC is fired up and ready to win more seats like Virginia’s 8th Senate seat throughout the year and in November.”

Vote Mama

“We are thrilled to endorse 19 mamas running for office in 2019! Missy is a Navy veteran, small business owner, and mama of two running for Virginia State Senate 8th District. Missy is running to protect the environment, ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, and make Virginia’s schools safer.”

LEAP Forward

“I am proud to include Missy Cotter Smasal among LEAP Forward’s endorsed candidates and am excited for her to take her advocacy on behalf of Virginia’s children to the General Assembly. Virginia is on the verge of electing a state Senate that will finally address gun violence in a meaningful way, and Missy’s voice will be an indispensable one.”


“EveryDistrict is proud to support Missy Cotter Smasal’s campaign for Virginia State Senate District 8. Missy is a veteran, a small business owner, and an active member of the Virginia Beach community. She’s already demonstrated her commitment to public service, and we’re excited to support her as she takes the next step to serve her community in Richmond.”


“[VoteVets.org] is honored to support you in your campaign to serve your fellow citizens of the 8th District in the Virginia State Senate. We at VoteVets are always so proud to see veterans like you committed to continuing their service after the uniform. In these turbulent political times, our veterans, communities and country need leaders like you who will continue to serve the nation and put the country first.”

susan loesberg

Co-founder, Together We Will – Hampton Roads

Susan Loesberg

“I am excited to support Missy Cotter Smasal for state Senate in my district. Missy has helped locally to get Democrats elected and has been an advocate for local issues such as school safety leading the campaign, and succeeding, to get locks on Virginia Beach schools. She also introduced the resolution to VB City Council to support the ERA Amendment which was unanimously approved. Missy is also an ardent supporter of gun safety and keeping our environment safe. I have no doubt she will stand up for us in Richmond!”

dave belote

Former Candidate in Virginia 8th Senate District

Dave Belote

“I’m honored and excited to endorse Missy Cotter Smasal for Virginia State Senate District 8 — there’s no one in Virginia Beach I’d rather have representing me and my family in Richmond.  As then-chair of the VB Dems, I started recruiting her to run for office years ago, because she’s exactly what the Beach needs– a warrior who served 4 years as a Surface Warfare Officer, a successful entrepreneur and small business owner who ran a local’s favorite ice cream shop and employed dozens of Beach teens and twenty-somethings for a decade, a volunteer who’s coached and mentored our kids, and a mother who pushed our school system to improve safety.  Let’s put her focus, energy, and dedication to service in the State Senate!”

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